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Welcome to the Bigroads.com guide to the top 25 attractions in Minnesota!

The list below represents our opinionated selections for the top 25 attractions in the state of Minnesota. Please take note that this list is sorted alphabetically (and not by quality or rank).

This list is part of our top 25 USA attractions series.

Author/Contributor: Greg Parsons

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Aerial Lift Bridge Bridge Duluth one of the most impressive bridges in the region
August Schell Brewery Breweries / Brewery Tours New Ulm a fantastic "old world brewery"
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Canoeing / Kayaking Multiple towns some of the best canoeing/kayaking on the planet
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory Zoo St. Paul great medium-sized zoo
Enger Park and Tower Observation Deck / Scenic Views Duluth great views from a stone tower
Extreme Sandbox Heavy Equipment Attraction Hastings try using heavy construction equipment
Gooseberry Falls State Park Waterfalls / Hiking Trails Two Harbors five waterfalls within one state park
Grand Portage National Monument History Museum Grand Portage re-creation of the life of traders & Native Americans
Grand Portage State Park Waterfalls / Hiking Trails Grand Portage includes a 120-foot tall waterfall (High Falls)
Guthrie Theater Theater / Concerts Minneapolis three stages; world-renowned theatrical company
Itasca State Park Bike Path/Rail Trail / Hiking Trails Park Rapids see where the Mississippi River begins
Mall of America Shopping / Mall / Amusement Park Bloomington largest mall in U.S.A.; over 500 stores (some repeats)
Mill City Museum, The History Museum / Observation Deck / Scenic Views Minneapolis fascinating if you like milling history
Minneapolis Institute of Art Art Museum Minneapolis excellent and free art museum
Minnehaha Park / Minnehaha Falls Waterfalls Minneapolis good waterfall plus limestone bluffs & scenic views
Minnesota Marine Art Museum Art Museum Winona one of the best marine-focused art museums in US
National Eagle Center Bird Sanctuary Wabasha exhibits & demonstrations of live eagles
North Shore Scenic Drive Scenic Drive Multiple towns drive along the coast of Lake Superior
Pipestone National Monument Geologic Attractions / Hiking Trails Pipestone see quarries of red pipestone
Soudan Underground Mine State Park Mine Tours Soudan take a tour 27 stories underground to an old mine
Split Rock Lighthouse & History Center Lighthouse Two Harbors lighthouse that is perched on a dramatic, steep cliff
Stone Arch Bridge Bridge Minneapolis views of St. Anthony Falls from car-free bridge
Target Field Baseball Stadium Minneapolis a beautiful baseball stadium built in 2010
Tettegouche State Park Waterfalls / Hiking Trails / Scenic Views Silver Bay lots of great trails plus High Falls and scenic views
Voyageurs National Park Canoeing/Kayaking / Scenic Views Voyageurs National Park visit a beautiful & remote water & island wilderness


Here are a list of other great attractions in the state of Minnesota that we considered for the top 25 list above. Please email us @ gparsons66@hotmail.com if you think there are any other attractions of this quality that we should be considering, either for this runners-up list or for the top 25 attractions list itself.

Canal Park Urban / City Park Duluth
High Falls Waterfall Grand Portage
International Wolf Center Animal Sanctuary / Wolf Sanctuary Ely
Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center Maritime Museum / Shipwreck Museum Duluth
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Arboretum Chanhassen
Nickelodeon's Universe Amusement Park Bloomington
Science Museum of Minnesota Science Museum / Medical / Health Museum St. Paul
SPAM Museum & Visitor Center Offbeat / Unusual Museum Austin
Valleyfair Amusement Park / Water Park Shakopee


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